Meet Attorney Peter Elikann
Peter Elikann is a well known veteran criminal defense attorney, author of books on the criminal justice system and a television legal commentator.
Attorney Elikann has given speeches around the country; written approximately 60 articles for legal publications concerning criminal law; drafted numerous criminal justice legislation; chaired educational programs for other attorneys; served on numerous legal boards and commissions; has appeared as a legal analyst on thousands of television and radio programs and newspapers. In particular, he has been a regular expert on-air legal commentator on the truTV Network (formerly Court TV) for more than a dozen years and NancyGrace on the CNN Headline News Network.
He was named a “Super Lawyer” of New England for the fifth consecutive year in 2012. Only 5 percent of lawyers are selected for such an honor. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. In selecting attorneys for Super Lawyers, Law & Politics employs a rigorous, multiphase process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.
His book, “The Tough-On-Crime Myth: Real Solutions to Cut Crime”, published by Insight Books, an imprint of Plenum Publishing in New York, was described as a “well-argued, passionate book” by Publisher’s Weekly. Mr. Elikann’s second book, Superpredators: The Demonization of Our Children By the Law, was published by Perseus Books and is now available in paperback. Library Journal noted that, “This book is well researched, straightforward, and unforgettable. Buy it, promote it, use it….”
Once a television news reporter for WRC-TV (NBC) in Washington, D.C. and other stations, a newspaper reporter and a college law instructor, Attorney Elikann now writes on legal issues for newspapers, legal periodicals and law reviews. In addition, he drafts legislation, serves on numerous boards and is a frequent lecturer on criminal justice policy issues. His most common areas of expertise are crime prevention, prisons, alternatives to incarceration, the war on drugs, the weaknesses of mandatory minimum sentencing, police, criminal trials and youth crime.
A graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication with a degree in journalism, magna cum laude, he was President of the Student Government. He earned his juris doctor degree from Western New England School of Law. There he served as Editor in Chief of Lex Brevis which was rated that year as best law school newspaper in the First Circuit by the American Bar Association. Elikann received the first place in the nation award for writing the finest article at the A.B.A. law school newspaper awards.
Attorney Elikann’s Approach
Not everyone who is charged with a crime is an incorrigible “criminal type.” Often a good citizen makes a one-time foolish error in judgment. Sometimes a person is started on the wrong path because of either a drug or alcohol problem or because of mental health issues.
Attorney Elikann will always explore possibilities of seeking treatment or other avenues in order to avoid conviction or imprisonment if the potential for success at trial looks unlikely. He is a nationally recognized expert on alternatives to incarceration who writes and speaks across the country on this topic.
However, he is an experienced trial attorney who has tried often difficult cases in federal court and a variety of states and is ready to use forensic psychologists, private investigators, DNA, fingerprint and handwriting experts as well as crime scene analysts.
He has a reputation of being easy for his clients to get in frequent contact with. Only he is personally involved with and will be working on your case. Attorney Elikann will be a well-prepared very experienced zealous advocate for you, but, will always be open to your input. Although his experienced advice will help you make difficult decisions, ultimately, you have the final say as it is your life that is concerned.
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- Past chairman of the Criminal Justice Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association
- Past chairman of the Corrections and Sentencing Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association and its subcommittee on alternatives to incarceration
- Member of the editorial board of the Massachusetts Law Review
- Past vice chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section Council
- Member of the Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates and Executive Management Board
- Member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council of Bridgewater State College
- Member of the American Bar Associations’ Committee on Corrections and Sentencing
- Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Member of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
He currently serves on numerous legal boards and commissions including:
- Massachusetts Criminal Justice Commission
- Mass Legislative commission to decriminalize certain offenses
- Mass Legislative working group on drafting a new law on life sentences for juvenile offenders
- MBA task force on the crime lab scandal.